Gemima Oliver, Law LLB

I’ve just completed the first of 4 years, studying Law LLB with Foundation Year. I was always told in school that I wouldn’t be able to handle studying Law, so I took every other route you could imagine, and it led me straight back to where I was told I couldn’t and shouldn’t be. Foundation year at Newman University has been the most incredible and most personal experience! Tutors and lecturers have helped me in a multitude of ways, which has built my academic skills and has prepared me to ultimately be and do my best, whilst studying in the coming years.

My Project

Football has been a really important sport throughout many generations, and is only becoming even greater now that we are seeing a lot more players from ethnic minority backgrounds. There is a campaign which Marcus Rashford is the face of, and it encourages putting an end to online hate crime. This campaign not only highlights, but validates the importance of my presentation because it is being advertised alongside the Euro’s 2020. In my work, I chose to highlight a specific footballer – Raheem Sterling because he has spoken up about the racism and hate crime he has experienced since becoming a footballer. The subject I picked to focus on links well to my degree subject (Law) because it focuses on a specific area of crime, but I’ve also tied it in with the essay I produced for my degree subject, by mentioning what the people in power at all levels are doing, in order to encourage putting an end to football hate crime.

Pitchside to Online: The Escalation of Football Hate Crime

Racism, Football, and the Justice System

Raheem Sterling and the Fight Against Online Racism

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